Post Number: 1085
|Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 10:35 am: || |
I guess if you look hard enough there is some good new for Detroit to be found.
Countdown to the Cheltenham Festival: Detroit City - the Great Grey Hope
The indignities recently endured by England's rugby players in Dublin were depressingly familiar in another walk of national sporting life. For some years now, Irish racehorses have been running amok in the proudest citadels of the British Turf - and nowhere with less mercy than at the Cheltenham Festival.
Last year, they won three of the championship races, and were beaten only in a photo for the fourth. The mauling was particularly savage in the Champion Hurdle, where they filled the podium for the second year running.
When they return to the Cotswolds on Tuesday, however, they will find a new tribal champion awaiting them. Obligingly, Detroit City even shimmers like a Great White Hope. Yesterday, on an immaculate morning in the Quantocks, his pale, dappled coat had a golden nimbus. He is trained, moreover, on land owned by the Crown Estate, between Exmoor and the sea. Following the deluges of the previous night, sandstone flavoured the entire landscape: every ditch, every stream swollen with orange water, every lane smeared with orange mud.